Dave Clegg has spent his 40-year career as a lawyer fighting for and protecting the rights of others.


Dave is a fighter for civil rights

• Clerked with NAACP Legal Defense Fund, working on appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the death penalty;

• Joined Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), representing the Lakota Sioux Community in civil and criminal cases;

• Became the senior litigation attorney at Western Nebraska legal services, winning a landmark Native American Rights Case modelling standards for the effective assistance of counsel in criminal cases involving Native Americans.


Dave is a powerful trial lawyer

• Effectively defended individuals who have been seriously harmed by corporate predatory practices and misconduct;

• Is recognized as a fellow of American Association for Justice, the national trial lawyers association;

• Completed Harvard Law School’s Ultimate Trial Advocacy program, reserved for only the most accomplished trial attorneys;


Dave is a Public defender

• Served for 9 years as a part-time Ulster County Assistant Public Defender in our criminal and civil courts, representing individuals who could not afford to hire an attorney. Dave won every jury trial he tried as a Public Defender.; 

• Forcefully advocated for rehabilitative approaches to nonviolent crimes;

• Worked to help clients with addictions to heroin and other street drugs get treatment instead of jail time.

Dave Clegg, David Clegg, Justice Reform, Ulster County, District Attorney


• Chair of the Ulster County Human Rights Commission, working to stop the school-to-prison pipeline, defend the rights of immigrants and the civil liberties of the LGBTQ community.

• Board member of the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and Midtown Rising.

• Board of Family of Woodstock and the Rip Van Winkle Council of the Boy Scouts of America, supporting at-risk youth.

• Mentored Kingston kids as a basketball coach for the last 25 years.

• Helped found the Ulster County Habitat for Humanity and the Ralph Darmstadt Homeless Shelter.

• Teaches college-level classes at the Woodbourne Prison as part of the Rising Hope program.

As your District Attorney I will dedicate the rest of my career to protecting the people of Ulster County: enhancing public safety, preventing crime, and improving the lives of everyone in our community.
Dave Clegg, David Clegg, Justice Reform, Ulster County, District Attorney


Dave attended State University of New York in New Paltz and earned a B.A. in Sociology, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Dave attended Buffalo Law School where he was an Editor of the Law Review and winner of the Desmond Moot Court Competition. He earned his degree in 1977.

Dave received a Masters degree from Yale Divinity School in 2011 and has been ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church.